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A Modular Course Design Benefits Online Instructor and Students

Andrea Henne, dean of online and distributed learning in the San Diego Community College District, recommends creating online courses composed of modules—discrete, self-contained learning experiences—and uses a course development method that specifies what to include in each module.

Creating online courses based on modules can benefit the instructor and students. Modular design offers the following benefits:

Henne uses a template or “modular matrix” that outlines the components for each learning module. The template is not a cookie-cutter approach to online course design but rather a set of recommendations that instructors might find useful.

The following are the components Henne recommends for each module:

Excerpted from A Guide to Creating Modular Courses, February 2007, Online Classroom.